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Poster: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan Date: Dec 31, 2008 8:29pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Is 1962 'Password' Public domain?

The one with Betty White's husband. Trust me, the premise is so over-used on many low budget programs that's it's amazing nobody got sued.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Dec 31, 2008 8:32pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Is 1962 'Password' Public domain?

The "Password" format is stil being used by CBS for "Million Dollar Password" so I would guess that somewhere in the massive Paramount-CBS-Viacom corporation there would be a filing cabinet with trademark paperwork on the show.

Wikipedia has a picture of the original 1960s board game which has the TM next to the title. Trademarks only die if they aren't used and someone petitions to have them struck off. As the show was ressurrected in the 70s, 80s and 90s (as Super Password and Password Plus) The TM probably still stands.

I'd err on the side of caution with that show.